Leading in a Changing World

Leadership Lessons for Adaptive Leaders

Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington, 2015 edition.

Leading in a Changing World“This is the kind of book that execs really need and young emerging leaders need to read as they grow. It is based on solid experience and informed by great insight into our journey as individuals of significance. It is an important work from the African continent!” – Amazon review.

If the world is changing, leadership needs to change.
The world is changing.
It is that simple; it is that complex.

Through our work in TomorrowToday Global we have been at the very forefront of this intersection of a changing world and changing leadership across the broad scope of industries and sectors spanning all corners of the globe. And what we see concerns us.

We see leaders who are frustrated that they can’t mobilize their teams to adapt quickly enough to change. We see leaders who feel the horizon of their strategic plans rushing ever closer, resulting in decision making that often feels closer to guesswork than science. We see leaders battling to manage their teams, to keep and get the most of talent, to develop succession plans and to ensure everyone is focused on the same outcomes. We see leaders exasperated at the lack of initiative their teams have, and yet equally bound by increasing regulation, bureaucracy and inertia.

We see leaders struggling to lead.

We see leaders unable to admit that they’re struggling to lead.

Maybe the symptoms we’ve just listed don’t all apply to you, or maybe you have a sense that your organization’s problems lie elsewhere. Whatever the specific issues are, we’re sure you’ll agree with us that leadership isn’t what it used to be. And a big part of the reason for this is that leadership itself is changing – just as the world around us is changing in dramatic ways.

The leadership theory that underpins our practices of leadership is in need of review. For the most part, the way in which we review and measure leadership practice no longer works. The only way to change all this is for leaders (and those tasked with the responsibility of leadership development) to step back, rethink things and be willing to change. It means asking searching questions, challenging assumptions and revisiting formulae that have, for a very long time, worked rather well.

This is easier said than done.

But it can be done, and this is what this book is about. Future-focused leaders will gain insight into what it takes to succeed in a time of disruptive change. The book provides both a new lens through which to see the world and leadership, as well as practical tools and tips to help you make the journey towards a new leadership style and approach.

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Client Reviews

“So is leadership. To tackle this topic is a bold endeavour. And yet this is what Coats and Codrington have done with this book rising to the challenge with aplomb. I commend this publication to you unreservedly.”

Martin Weatherston – Tutor in HR Management for Central Queensland University


Graeme Codrington held a workshop with our executive team a few years ago at the Zimbali eco-reserve off the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast. As a technology company we were looking for the inspiration to tackle the changing world of work head on. The shifts in the demographics in our company were coinciding with the explosion of information and the growing ubiquity of technology. The workshop was a great success and I was delighted to learn recently that Graeme has partnered with Keith Coats to write a book about leading in this changing world.

The leadership models of the past and the old command and control structures are becoming more and more irrelevant in the changing world of information work. Leaders are struggling to reinvent themselves for this new information fuelled workplace, where “leadership” is no longer vested in the authority of hierarchy, nor even or in ones knowledge or experience.

The next generation of successful leaders will find leadership deep within themselves, within their interactions with a global network and their ability to see a clear future vision while reinventing themselves continuously in an ambiguous and ever changing environment.

If you are interested in preparing for leadership in the technology revolution then this book is really worthwhile.

– Gavin, verified purchase, Amazon.com

 


 

“It’s the dead of winter here and so I was glad to read this book ‘by the fire’. I found myself looking into the flames of the wisdom within the book and reflecting often on my journey of 25 years+ as a student and teacher of leadership and my own learning, unlearning and relearning.

Graeme and Keith build a strong case for the needed and emerging structural change in our world and the importance of being a leader as different to doing leadership. I loved “change is first and foremost an attitude”, the pieces about dealing with dogma, the invitational leadership model, the 5 P’s ecosystem, the chapter on questions, the chapter on stories, the chapter on leadership development programs, and a whole lot more.

I highly recommend this book for all curious about real leadership and willing and wanting to be a curious, reflective, character based leader as we create the future the world desperately needs.”

Ian Berry


This is the kind of book that execs really need and young emerging leaders need to read as they grow. It is based on solid experience and informed by great insight into our journey as individuals of significance. It is an important work from the African continent! – Amazon customer